Category Archives: Reviews

Nicole Laidler Takes 5 with Chris Harding of Amabile Choirs

Members of London’s Amabile Choirs have been busy recording their 24th CD. This disc, entitled “Sing Your Song”, is special for several reasons. First, it pays tribute to Amabile co-founder John Barron and long-time conductor Ken Fleet. Second, it features 16 never commercially released works by renowned Canadian composer (and former Amabile chorister) Matthew Emery.…
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Thomas Vickers reviews Sunset Song, opening Friday at the Hyland Cinema

Gorgeous Melodrama: “Sunset Song”  Period pieces have a tendency towards melodrama, let alone a female-led World War I era period piece adapted from a Scottish novel. Terence Davies’ Sunset Song hits every hallmark of a tear-jerking melodrama, but its real mark of pride lays in its stunning visuals. Chris Guthrie (Agyness Deyn) is an intelligent…
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David Clayton Thomas tops Canterbury Folk Festival bill

After 15 years of showcasing the best in local, national and international talent, Canterbury Folk Music Festival organizers are set once again to capture the hearts of music lovers July 8-10 featuring an internationally known Grammy-winning artist. Topping the eclectic lineup is David Clayton Thomas, the Grammy winning Canadian singer/songwriter/musician and lead vocalist for the…
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Thomas Vickers previews Disorder, now playing at the Hyland Cinema.

Security and Paranoia: “Disorder” Working as high-profile security can be a stressful position, but the added strain of mental health issues would be enough to push nearly anyone past their breaking point. This is the crux of French filmmaker Alice Winocour’s new film Disorder, and it makes for an intense, exciting thriller. Vincent (Matthias Schoenaerts)…
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Cheryl Jennings reviews Present Laughter

Present Laughter By Noel Coward Directed by Rob Coles Palace Theatre Noel Coward is known as a master of comedy. His plays reflect the high society that he frequented… a society that did not survive the Second World War. Present Laughter was written in 1939 and first staged in 1942 when that war was upon…
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Cheryl Jennings reviews I Take Your Hand In Mine

Like so many of the famous, we know their names… Anton Chekhov, the playwright, Konstantin Stanislavsky, the director and teacher of actors, but we rarely know the person. We can look up what the history books say, but, even that, gives us a distant glance at their lives. It is rare to have a chance…
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Shane Norrie and Jamie Jardine Exhibition – Inspired by the Land and Sky

[caption id="attachment_1322" align="alignnone" width="400"] Wildwood Forest - Shane Norrie[/caption] The works by Shane Norrie and Jamie Jardine, currently on show at the Westland Gallery in Wortley Village, have a common theme in the Canadian landscape. Each artist approaches the forest, lake and sky on their own terms and in their own manner. Each applies the…
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Jay Menard reviews Heathers: The Musical

Heathers: The Musical Musical Theatre Productions Books, Music, and Lyrics by Kevin Murphy and Laurence O’Keefe Based on the film by Daniel Waters Produced by Adam Zess Directed by Ian Bader Musical Director: Eric Charbonneau Choreographer: Lia Karidas Starring: Laura Martineau as Veronica Sawyer Stephan Ingram as J.D. Elena Reyes as Heather Chandler Run time:…
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Daina Janitis reviews London Community Orchestra’s May 8th concert

If music be the food of love, play on… Start googling for the source of that well-worn phrase and you’re led to the 1998 publication by Dr. Gary Chapman on the five “languages of love”. Although the good doctor’s book was meant for couples counselling, its universal wisdom applies well to any passion pursued by…
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Grief as a Process: Demolition

Death is a moment to the deceased, but to the living it is a process. Jean-Marc Vallée’s new film Demolition explores the impact of death on the living; not exactly new subject matter, but this is a case of excellent storytelling surpassing cliché. Davis (Jake Gyllenhaal) is an investment banker whose life is uprooted when…
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